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Dive Review of Atlantis resort Dumaguete in
Philippines/Dumaguete

Atlantis resort Dumaguete, Apr, 2008,

by Daniel O. Benson, OR, United States (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 4064.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Sipidan, Indonesia, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, West coast, Carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No solo diving, No shore diving without spotter on shore. No night diving without guide, stay with group. Be at safety stop w/750 psi, no dives >60'
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse tanks on boats but short boat ride to dive sites. Multimedia room a little crowded but I was with a group of 15 UW photographers!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a quiet, secluded resort with a wonderful beach and some of the best diving in the world!
Getting there is easy: fly to Manila, fly to Dumaguete and then a short van ride to the resort.
There's really nothing to do at the resort except dive and veg. No shopping, etc. (who cares anyway!)
Dive operation was too restrictive for me. Divemasters don't want to let you out of their sight. You must be at your safety stop w/750 psi!
However, divemasters can really be a help pointing out the small stuff. And there is a lot of small and unusual stuff, including varioius pipe fish, frog fish (including the rare hairy frog fish), etc.
There are a few dive resorts along the same stretch of beach that might be worth checking out.
We are already planning our return trip.
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